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West Bromwich Albion: Attacker signs new three-year contract at the club

West Bromwich Albion: Attacker signs new three-year contract at the club

West Bromwich Albion attacker Matt Phillips has signed a new three-year contract to keep him at the club until 2022, as confirmed by the BBC.

The Scotland international joined the club from Queens Park Rangers back in the summer of 2016 for a fee believed to be £5.5m.

Phillips has played more than 100 games for the club since joining, scoring 14 goals and assisting 18 (via Transfermarkt).

The Scotland international started the season in fine form, scoring the winning goal in the club’s opening game of the Championship season, a 2-1 win away to Nottingham Forest.

Retaining the services of Phillips is a wonderful move for Slaven Bilic, especially after the clearout of key attacking players from last season. Jay Rodriguez, Dwight Gayle and Harvey Barnes, all prolific goal contributors, left the club. Rodriguez moved back to hometown club Burnley, while Gayle and Barnes both returned back to their parent clubs.

Keeping Phillips means the club have at least one attacker who understands the club and has been there for a number of years. This is important because Slaven Bilic acquired the services of three young players on loan. Grady Diangana, Chris Willock and Matheus Pereira all joined on loan from West Ham United, Benfica and Sporting CP respectively.

Phillips is one of two senior wingers among the ones available in the squad and has both the experience and quality to shine for West Brom in seasons to come (via Transfermarkt).

The Scotsman has over 100 appearances in both the Premier League and Championship, showing his array of experience at two different levels of football (via Transfermarkt).

The 28-year-old highlighted his strengths last season with his attacking performances. Out of the players to have played five games or more, Phillips averaged the second-most dribbles. Indeed, his endeavours weren’t without an end product, with the player averaging the most key passes in the squad (via WhoScored).

A mixture of experience within the squad and his quality, make retaining Phillips a very good piece of business. The player has been at the Hawthorns for three seasons now and can at least help push the club to achieve promotion this season.

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